The Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has destroyed some armed bandits’ camps in a forest in Katsina State, the Defence Media Operations (DMO) has said.
It was gathered that airstrikes were executed yesterday, at the forest located south of Birnin Kogo, along the Katsina-Zamfara boundary area.
The DMO, on Tuesday, disclosed in a statement by its Coordinator, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, that the operation was in continuation of troops’ renewed offensive to rid States in the North West and North Central of criminal elements.
According to the DMO, “The airstrikes were executed yesterday, 15 June 2020, as part of missions under the subsidiary Operation ACCORD after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicated that some clusters of huts in the area were being used as mini-camps by members of notorious armed bandits’ gang led by one so-called Adamu Aleiro.”
It further added that, “Consequently, the Air Component dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack aircraft and helicopter gunships to engage the area, leading to the destruction of 3 of the targeted camps, some of which were seen engulfed in flames. Several of the criminals were also neutralized in the process.”
Enenche, meanwhile, said the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), commends the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism while urging them to remain resolute in the conduct of airstrikes, together with providing close air support for ongoing ground operations, to eradicate armed bandits in the North West and North Central.